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Assistive Devices for Foot or Ankle Arthritis

Assistive devices can be invaluable allies in the daily life of someone living with foot or ankle arthritis. These tools reduce joint stress, making activities more enjoyable and less tiring. For example, grab bars and bath seats can enhance safety and stability in the bathroom. Walking aids like canes should be used properly at the correct height. Podiatrists can recommend suitable assistive devices tailored to specific arthritis needs, helping maintain independence and complete daily activities. These devices are increasingly user-friendly and mainstream, making them accessible to all. If you have foot or ankle arthritis and would like to know more about devices that can make living your life easier, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who is well-versed in this area.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jordan Baker, DPM from Best Foot Forward Surgical Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Florence, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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